The largest, most active sailing Meetup in Tampa Bay! This FREE group introduces Captains (with certifications), Skippers (with boats), Crew (with training) and Sailors (with interest). No annual dues. No required meetings. Not affiliated with any business. Great boats. Many outings scheduled!
A few Skippers volunteer their boats, so we have day sails, cruises, picnics, raft-ups and holiday Meetups! Our Crew help Skippers handle their boats. Members take turns going out, confirm attendance, share refreshments, spoil the Skippers and provide feedback.
Members have a status of who does what...
New to sailing? Then you are a Newbie! Once you get out sailing, I will update your status to:
Captain - Formal certification, LICENSE, training or experience? Navy, Merchant Marine or Coast Guard? Then your status in this group is Captain.
Skippers – Do you have your OWN or have ACCESS to a boat? Then you are a Skipper. Add your boat to Our Boats page. Indicate parking, food and restroom options (ice chest, head). Add food and beverages that you hate and love, so we can take care of you! Note your special rules too. Donate an outing to charity or host a Sailing Lesson.
Skippers can NOT require or accept payment, but guests contribute to charitable findraising events and Sailing Lessons. They can help sail, clean-up, food and beverages. These dang boats are expensive, but we all love to get out on the water.
Crew – please indicate any relevant boating, sailing or other TRAINING or CERTIFICATIONS. Took a USCG course? Live aboard for years? Polynesian island hopper for years? EMT or ANY medical training? SCUBA? Were you in Navy? Please let us know. See our Useful Links page for weather, radar and tides.
Sailors - If you don’t have boat or experience, that’s OK. Some sailors crew on a boat, but some people just like to get out on the water. Spoil the Skippers. Half day sails are typically $40 to 75 dollars! So budget about $20 to 30 bucks in delicious treats to share with everybody. See Suggestions for Sharing.
Newbies - If you joined recently and have not been out sailing with our group yet, please sign up for events even if it means you are on the waiting list. We give preference to Newbies. See our Things New Sailors Should Know page.
Boats - We need Skippers to share their ride. With new people joining all the time and some people, like me, who would sail every week if they could, we need more outings. If you know anybody with a sailboat, please tell them about us.
Raft-ups/beachings - If you know of a club having an open on-the-water or key get-together, please let us know. This Meetup site can organize a dozen boats, Meetup locations and car-pools; all for one event!
Skipper Rules - When we go out, remember the Skipper is King on the boat. Please respect their authority. Things go smoothly and everybody has fun.
There may be Refreshment Charge per outing and a Coordinator to arrange refreshments and attendance.
Read Membership Rules
As a member of this group, you MUST read and follow the rules posted on the Membership Rule page. This includes COMMENTING on event when you RSVP